creates high slide
Express Staff Writer
weather brought down nine avalanches across upper Warm Springs Road late
last week. It also has prompted the Sun Valley Ski Patrol to caution
skiers about out-of-bounds skiing.
to the Sawtooth National Forestís avalanche advisory recording, the warm
conditions have created a high hazard of wet slides in mid and lower
elevations, especially in the afternoons.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Blaine County Road and Bridge
Department cleared slides on Warm Springs Road between Lower Board Ranch
and Frenchmanís Bend. According to a department employee, a slide late
Saturday afternoon came down about 200 yards past the end of the asphalt
at the far end of Lower Board Ranch and trapped about eight cars on the
far side until it was plowed.
are a couple more chutes up there that are known to slide and they havenít
slid yet," said the employee, who asked that his name not be used.
"To us, itís advisable for the public to stay out of the area until
the slide dangerís over."
to Brian Dirksmeier, Sun Valley Co. assistant snow safety officer, the
local slide danger is not likely to subside until the Wood River Valley
receives 12 hours of continuously freezing weather. The forecast for this
week is for continuing warm weather, with highs expected to reach the mid
50s by this weekend.
major concern right now is below 6,500 feet," Dirksmeier said.
"Things are really saturated and well lubed. The snow is so weak at
lower elevations that any trigger will start things moving. Weíre not
recommending any out-of-bounds skiing until we get a good freeze at the
said skiers heading out of bounds can be fooled by good corn snow
conditions at the top of Bald Mountain and then be trapped in a dangerous